Since moving to Shap, I have begun a project to visit the sheepfolds which sculptor Andy Goldsworthy reconstructed in Cumbria. I have also been discovering the fells and Lowther Valley to the west. The overlap and merging of other disciplines - walking, drawing, painting, photography and writing is significant in the development of new art work. I organise my research into 'journey books' for each new project. The outcomes vary - from series of paintings to a set of fair isle knitted cushions and collages. A visit to Woolfest in June was a revelation - it's all about sheep and wool in this area! 'Fold in the Land' includes studies and photographs which will form the basis of a new series of textile works - see these in the Textile section of the website.
Revisiting the Cumbrian Sheepfolds, 20 years on from Andy Goldsworthy’s project to renovate a series of walled enclosures throughout the county, has led to new work now in progress. This reflects my response to the theme and will include:
A ‘pop-up’ studio – including a wide range of oil and watercolour paints, brushes and knives, together with the journey books, which are the foundation of my work, alongside paintings and cushions for sale and new work in progress